International Cartel Investigation

Representing a major global freight forwarder in an industry-wide international antitrust investigation into possible price fixing and other improper collusive activity. As previously publicly announced by the company, the investigation began with a search warrant conducted by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice and a simultaneous inspection by the European Commission. The investigation expanded to include investigations by antitrust regulators in Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Following announcement of the government investigations, a purported civil class action lawsuit styled Precision Associates, Inc. et al. v. Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd, et al. was filed in the Eastern District of New York against more than fifty industry players alleging antitrust class action damages. During the course of the representation Haynes and Boone has assisted the company in issuing a revised antitrust compliance program. The representation has also required Haynes and Boone to coordinate co-counsel, counsel for individual employees, factual development, and electronic discovery issues worldwide. Many of the government investigations and the U.S. civil lawsuit are on-going.

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